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For Jo C.
Total is £898 - including ( £75 damaged items, £134 missing items, £414 cleaning 3 bed house (as everything very sooty), carpets, rugs, venetian blinds and curtains laundered, £275 for replacing lawn (now bare, scattered with small stone chippings - used as dog toilet)
Damaged and missing items have used the cheapest replacement from argos/tesco etc.
Had a negotiation with tenant this morning and the only area I could concede on, is the garden, bringing that down to £623 for the remainder. This was a one off offer and he wasn't happy with that so if I have to go down the legal route, I'll claim for the full amount.
Rental is £760 per month.
Deposit is £1025 (one months rent which was £725 then plus £300 extra to ensure carpets professionally cleaned and any potential damage caused by the agreed dog as per the extra clause in the contract).
The final rent of £760 was paid end August. They have made an overpayment of one months rent end of Sept. maybe they didn't cancel the mandate - I have no idea why.
This means that I have £760 of their money. Should I take this as part or full payment of outstanding monies and return the whole deposit. This would give closure and save arbitration. I am sure most people would, but I am not sure if I can legally do this.